Assessment of the Environmental Performance of Solar Photovoltaic Technologies

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The Assessment of the Environmental Performance of Solar Photovoltaic Technologies has been developed by Environment Canada, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada's CanmetENERGY and with input from Task 12 "Photovoltaic Environmental Health and Safety" of the International Energy Agency's Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme and several Canadian researchers and industry stakeholders.

This initiative was funded under the $1 billion Clean Energy Fund announced by the Government of Canada in 2009. Part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Clean Energy Fund is investing in large-scale carbon capture and storage demonstration projects, smaller-scale demonstration projects of renewable and alternative energy technologies, and research and development projects, including related technology assessments like this one.

The assessment is designed to enhance the scientific and technical understanding of solar photovoltaic technologies in Canada and to help support development of effective public policy, regulations and federal investment decisions. Where possible, this assessment provides an understanding of the relative environmental impacts of various electrical power sources, which is essential for development of sound energy policy and allocation of funds to strategic research priorities.

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  • Author: Environment Canada
  • Language of Document: Separate English/French
  • Document Type: Report
  • Cat. No.: En84-88/2012E
  • ISBN: 978-1-100-21268-5
  • Size: 21.6 X 28
  • Pages: 87
  • Year: 2013
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